And the Chipolopolo boys arrived in Cape Verde this morning, with barely few hours before kickoff later this afternoon, in a day in which the Island nation has declared a half working day to cheer their boys.
Reacting to the concerns by various stakeholders that have put blame on him and his ministry over the shambolic manner the national travel trip to Cape Verde was organized, Kambwili said he was not going to answer any lunatic complaining about the same.
One of the people who raised concerns is the MMD Muchinga MP Howard Kunda who said it was unfair to subject the players to such travel chaos ahead of a crucial game.
“Tell Howard (Kunda) and others complaining, I have no time for lunatics over the team’s travel arrangements. Tell him he is just a lunatic,” Kambwili told Radio Phoenix news.
The sheer arrogance by Kambwili is in sharp contrast to the humility shown by his deputy Christopher Mulenga who has taken the blame on behalf of the government for the chaotic travel arrangement.
Meanwhile, Zambian Football KICKOFF reports that, after a long drama which has famously turned out to be the Cape Verde Chipolopolo charter flight saga, the Zambia national team has landed in Cape Verde to salvage the crusade to quality to the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Morocco next year.
The team landed at about 06:30 hours local time or 09:30 hours Zambian time and had about only 10 hours to rest as they shake-off jet lag and be ready for battle.
Despite the dissappoting outing, the boys are in high spirits and focusing on the game with every member of the squad hinting that they are ready for the tough game against the Blue Sharks and want nothing but maximum points.
The Chipolopolo boys have a battle on their hands, first to set aside the blame game over the charter and find inner strength and inspiration to apply themselves psychologically and most importantly physically so that they can endure an expected onslaught from the hosts.
Gary Robert, scorer of the Blue Sharks two goals told local media yesterday that Chipolopolo would leave Praia with “zero” points while skipper Chris Katongo said on departure that Zambia was ready to battle and knew what was at stake.